The 8th edition of SIAL Middle East, a regional business trade event for the food, drink and hospitality industries, will open on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the three-day show is expected to be attended by over 24,000 food experts.
H E Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, director general, ADFCA, stressed that the eighth edition of SIAL Middle East will create opportunities to meet influencers in food and date palm industries, as well as to build new and promising partnerships that drive economic growth.
“In light of the economic growth in the UAE, which is seeing a boost in populace, and an increase in demand for food commodities, SIAL Middle East provides an integrated and effective platform to promote national and international food products,” said Ameri.
Taking place until December 14, SIAL Middle East is part of a network of B2B SIAL food exhibitions which include SIAL Paris, SIAL Canada in both Toronto and Montreal, SIAL China, SIAL InterFOOD Jakarta, and FOOD India inspired by SIAL.
H E Mohamed Hilal Al Muhairi, director general, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “We support companies operating in the food and agricultural sectors in Abu Dhabi and help to promote the emirates’ food industries; so our involvement in SIAL Middle East makes a lot of sense.
“This year we will continue to spread awareness of the quality and features of local food manufacturers and producers and their ability to compete in international markets. We will strive to open negotiations for local food producers and help them sign new contracts. It is also important to exchange experiences and best practises with traders in order to increase the export of Emirati food products internationally.”
Part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival and in coordination with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the 8th edition of SIAL Middle East has expanded its range of features to accommodate increased levels of interest from local, regional, and international food-related organisations.